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Jun 2, 2014

NATO to consider longer-term response to Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO defense ministers will consider on Tuesday what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defenses and improve its ability to respond to the unorthodox tactics used by Russia in Ukraine.

In the three months since the Ukraine crisis erupted, the U.S.-dominated alliance has sent fighter planes and ships and stepped up military exercises to reassure eastern European allies alarmed by Russia’s actions, while making clear it has no intention of intervening militarily in Ukraine.

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. says troop plan only guarantees NATO Afghan mission until end-2015

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s decision to reduce U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan means a NATO plan to train Afghan security forces throughout the country is guaranteed to last only until the end of next year, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Monday.

Obama last week outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and to pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending a more than decade-old combat role triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Jun 2, 2014

Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to NATO on Monday accused the Western alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, Russian news agency RIA reported.

RIA quoted Alexander Grushko, who met ambassadors of NATO member states in Brussels, as saying “unprecedented” activity by the alliance near Russia’s borders was adding to tension and could undermine existing security arrangements.

Jun 1, 2014

France arrests suspect in Brussels Jewish museum shooting

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A 29-year-old Frenchman believed to have returned recently from fighting with Islamist militant rebels in Syria has been arrested for the killing of three people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last month, prosecutors said on Sunday.

Mehdi Nemmouche was detained on Friday after a random check at a bus terminal in the French city of Marseille showed he was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, another gun and ammunition similar to those used in the shooting last weekend, French and Belgian prosecutors said.

May 22, 2014

Russia moves some troops away from Ukraine; NATO says big force remains

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday
it was moving troops and military equipment from border regions
near Ukraine, but NATO said a large “coercive force” remained in
place.

Russia has previously failed to keep promises to move troops
back from the frontier with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian
separatists have declared independence.

May 21, 2014

Ukraine says Russia should lose 2018 World Cup over Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s ambassador to the European Union said on Wednesday that Russia should face EU financial sanctions and lose the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup because of its annexation of the Crimea region.

Asset freezes and visa bans adopted by the EU so far in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine did not go far enough, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev told Reuters in an interview.

May 18, 2014

Insight – Ukraine crisis will be “game changer” for NATO

GAIZIUNAI Lithuania/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Artillery and tank fire reverberate around a Baltic airstrip where U.S. paratroopers are fighting alongside Lithuanian soldiers. The battle is just an exercise and it only involves 150 U.S. soldiers – but the symbolism is clear.

With eastern European states nervous about Russia after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and massed 40,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders, the United States and NATO allies want to show Moscow that former Soviet republics on the Baltic are under the alliance’s security umbrella.

May 18, 2014

Ukraine crisis will be “game changer” for NATO

GAIZIUNAI, Lithuania/BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – Artillery
and tank fire reverberate around a Baltic airstrip where U.S.
paratroopers are fighting alongside Lithuanian soldiers. The
battle is just an exercise and it only involves 150 U.S.
soldiers – but the symbolism is clear.

With eastern European states nervous about Russia after it
annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and massed 40,000 troops on
Ukraine’s borders, the United States and NATO allies want to
show Moscow that former Soviet republics on the Baltic are under
the alliance’s security umbrella.

May 12, 2014

EU adds top Putin aide, two Crimea energy firms to sanctions list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the commander of Russian paratroopers as well as two confiscated Crimean energy companies, raising pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine.

Putin’s first deputy chief of staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, and Vladimir Shamanov, the commander of Russian airborne troops that took part in Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March, were among 13 people added to the EU’s sanctions list.

May 12, 2014

EU widens sanctions a notch to raise pressure on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union was set to take a cautious step towards extending sanctions against Russia on Monday, targeting companies, as well as people, linked to Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Ministers meeting in Brussels also discussed what would trigger more hard-hitting economic sanctions on the Russian economy with big EU powers Germany, France and Britain all threatening tougher action against Moscow if it undermined the May 25 Ukrainian presidential election.

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